Head of gold, feet of clay : the paradox of online learning

Authors: Power, Thomas Michael; Gould, Anthony M.
Abstract: Although online learning (OL) is becoming widely accessible and is often viewed as cuttingedge, the actual number of regular faculty participating in this form of teaching remains small. Moreover, OL, despite its growing recognition, is often associated with high rates of student dissatisfaction and isolation, withdrawal, and attrition. Furthermore, although administrators typically champion support of OL, they often seem unable or unwilling to marshal the necessary financial, human, and technological resources to produce high-quality course materials and to effect efficient course delivery. In short, online learning seems paradoxically to be both booming and busting simultaneously. It is expanding supply yet hitting similar obstacles that distance education encountered generations earlier. Under these circumstances, OL is unlikely to become mainstream without a major redirection. This article applies economic principles and concepts to OL. The revised conceptualization posits that an understanding of stakeholder priorities is the key to improved online course design and delivery
Keywords: Online learning; core faculty; obstacles; push and pull; blended online learning design
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 15 September 2011
Open Access Date: 14 March 2016
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/188
This document was published in: International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol. 12 (2), 19-39 (2011)
http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/916
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